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Keijo, a son from incest

Keijo, son from incest between brother and sister, was rejected by his mother. Then he was the helpless spectator of the deaths of many of his companions in misfortune. His future will not be bright if he remains captive.

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Keijo is a male killer whale born in Marineland on November 20th, 2013. His mother Wikie and his father Valentin. That makes him a consanguineous child at 12.5%, since Wikie and Valentin were half-sister and half-brother.

Incestuous relationships, observed only in the pool, remain a major problem for most large marine parks. Taku, at SeaWorld Orlando, impregnated her own mother Katina, who gave birth to Nalani in 2006. At Loro Park, Kohana was fertilized twice by her uncle, then she refused to take care of her children. Under these conditions of promiscuity and captivity, how do we educate the little ones? The mothers seem helpless. Is it the same for Keijo?

In any case, we could see Wikie pushing him away from the side of the pool with the help of Moana. It was, as the delphinarium assures, to exercise the orca on the slide-out manoeuvre, that deadly posture where the cetacean runs itself aground on command. Rather, it seems that Wikie had some difficulty accepting her second son, who arrived too early after the birth of the first, which would not have happened in the wild.

Like Moana, Keijo is eager to learn, and he learns quickly. But the intellectual challenges that one asks of him are limited and repetitive. He has already lost the excitement of childhood by banging on the windows, and the flood of October 2015 certainly marked his memory like a hot iron. The first pictures shot just after the disaster showed him very close against the side of Wikie and his half-brother Inouk, in a small black water pool, while the dead body of Valentin had just been washed away. All this, like the agony of Freya, Valentin's mother, the two little ones saw it. They will not forget it.

However, a site promoting zoos dared to write about the birth of Keijo:

"On 20th November 2013, a new orca infant was born for the second time from the efforts of Wikie at Marineland Antibes. His father is unknown, but there is a strong suspicion that it is his half-brother, Valentin. This brings the number of orcas in captivity to 53, and with the recent addition of 8 wild orcas captured in Russia, as well as the female Morgan, saved by the Dolfinarium of Harderwijk and 2 babies born remotely by the orca Kshamenk this year, the future of these animals in captivity is radiant ".

Oh yes, radiant ...

Yvon Godefroid
Hr blog

In the subject

Open letter for the attention of Barbara Pompili
Ode to Orcas: young people speak out for the release of captive orcas

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adaline | Sunday 17 June 2018

C'est triste de voir ces beaux mammifères enfermés dans ces petits bassins à faire des jeux de cirques pour le bon plaisir des hommes, dans un environnement bruyant, leur radar renvoyant leur propre image. Il faut arrêter tout ça. Nous comptions sur l'arrêté de la ministre de l'époque et les propriétaires des parcs ainsi que leurs avocats ont trouvé une faille. Que monsieur le ministre actuel puisse faire les choses correctement cette fois-ci en collaboration avec One Voice et d'autres associations. Nous comptons sur vous.

miquette | Saturday 16 June 2018

Il faut faire interdire la captivité et l'exploitation de ces animaux la reproduction aussi.

Lulu | Saturday 16 June 2018

Ne baissez pas les bras, continuez à protéger et défendre toutes les espèces exploitées pour l'argent.
Rendons la nature aux animaux, cessons d'être des bourreaux et surtout la pire des espèces !

Nadia | Saturday 16 June 2018